United States captain Tom Watson has announced that he has cut his number of wildcard picks from four to three making it tougher for the US golfers to get into the Ryder Cup 2014 team. Watson will include 9 top ranked players for the Ryder Cup as the United States will try to win the trophy for the first time in six years.
Although, Europe do have the home advantage with The 2014 Ryder Cup taking place at Gleneagles in Scotland. Tom Watson said, “There’s not a lot of method in my madness, but I think the players ought to have another shot of getting on the team by merit.”
Europe have been the most successful recently in the Ryder Cup having won 7 of the past 9 Cups including one of the most dramatic finishes last year as Europe won the 2012 Ryder Cup 14½-13½ in Medinah. Tom Watson is the man who captained America to their most recent away victory in the Ryder Cup in 1993 at the Belfry and now he will attempt to lead his country’s side to a triumph in Scotland.
In order to secure victory though, Watson needed the consulting of the former 2012 captain Paul Azinger before making the decision to cut his number of picks. Watson described that he “will use all possible resources in choosing these three captain’s choices to complete the best possible team in order to win the cup back for the United States.” Watson continued, “I ran it by three or four recent captains, we had long conversations about it and all of them said it was a good decision. I spoke with Paul and he was behind it 100%. He had some good thoughts about how he comprised the team and what he did with the team to get them some ownership in the process.”
Irishman Paul McGinley will be the captain for Europe in the upcoming Ryder Cup and will have two wildcard picks. McGinley has said that he is going to “tweak” the current selection instead making drastic changes with his eyes set on an 8th Ryder Cup in 10 tournaments and a 3rd one in row.